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Published on January 17th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz


Schwinn Tailwind Electric Bike Charges in Under 30 Minutes

January 17th, 2009 by  

Here’s your eye candy for the day— the Schwinn Tailwind hybrid electric bicycle. The Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) equipped bike charges via a standard outlet in under 30 minutes (7 minutes via a 40 amp commercial charger). The 5ah, 24V battery works for 2000 charge cycles at full capacity and maintains 80% capacity after 6000 cycles.

According to Schwinn, competing electric bikes work for 600 to 1000 cycles and take up to 8 times as long to charge.

Instead of being attached to the frame, the bike’s battery pack is placed under the rear cargo carrier so it can be easily detached for charging. The motor is on the front wheel hub for optimal weight distribution.

The Schwinn Tailwind will be available for $3200 in the US next month and in Europe next Spring. 

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